Cottage Gardening forum: 2014 Seed Swap Chatter #5.........ANTICIPATION

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Dec 27, 2014 8:53 PM CST
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana

I enjoy rose hip and hibiscus "tea", for their vitamin content and pain relieving aspects, and catnip "tea" for calming and stress relief.

There doesn't actually have to be anything from a regular tea plant in it, just add the dried parts of whichever type of other plant(s) you want to use. Here are a bunch of different types of infusers . I use the mesh tea ball now, but some of the others look really cool as well. Just pour boiling water over the filled infuser and into the cup and allow to soak (covered is best) for 10 minutes or so, then remove the tea ball and enjoy. Smiling
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Dec 28, 2014 1:56 AM CST
Name: greene
Savannah, Georgia, USA
This link has lots of good information about Moringa. At the bottom of the page it even explains how to make tea.

When we make tea at home we just toss some random leaves of this and that into a glass carafe, add the boiling water, cover it and then we go eat dinner. When the meal is finished, we pour the tea through a sieve/strainer into glass mugs.

The difference with Moringa is that instead of tossing into the compost bin the 'used' leaves remaining after making tea, you can actually re-use the leaves to add to a smoothie.

Most of the Piggies planned to grow the seeds in a large pot, so please be sure to provide good drainage and maybe some pebbles at the bottom fo the pot so the roots won't get waterlogged and rot.
Dec 28, 2014 2:11 AM CST
Name: Erica Braun
Benicia, CA
Greene -- Thanks for the extra Moringa info. I didn't realize how fast they grow! I can't wait to get mine started. :)
Dec 28, 2014 2:19 AM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
Ella, I make the tea the same way as Greene does, just using some random leaves, depending on what kind of plant I use.
If you want to drink ice tea, try to make it from peppermint leaves, it's a really refreshing drink in summer. You can also make tea of the Calamintha grandiflora I sent you seeds of.
In general, leaves are the best before the plant starts blooming.
Dec 28, 2014 7:33 AM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Ella to answer your question. On how much to use,,,
1/4 to 1 teaspoon per cup of water
When trying a new herb for the first time it is best to start with 1/4 teaspoon to see how your body reacts.
If all goes well then you can increase the amount.
If you do not care for the taste of a herb honey makes everything taste better.
Also. You can use fresh leaves as well as dried.for medicinal teas 15 to 20 minutes steeping is better than 10. The longer it steeps the more medicinal properties are released into the water.
My favorite tea is lemon verbena
Dec 28, 2014 11:53 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Chelle.... What a lovely picture. Just need a plate of crumpets to go with it or butter cookies. Hilarious!

Wow, so many different things to make a tea from. I appreciate the directions and suggestions. Soon as piggy swap over and sent than I will give some things a try. I still sicker than a dog and have been almost during whole swap and sure don't want to try and put something new in my stomach and be ill for more days . Oh no, would not be a good thing.

When I get a chance going to have to start a thread for folks to list how and what kind of teas they make. Maybe then I will come down from 30-60 cups of coffee a day and yes I do drink that much and sometimes more, to maybe 15- 20 and tea to supplement. Rolling on the floor laughing

Here ya go piggies. It pouring rain here, so not gonna be on but a minute, but I thought I would give ya a look at the tittle of this thread... Anticipation.

Piggy buckets filling up and more to go. No slobbering all over the thread though please. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

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Dec 28, 2014 12:50 PM CST
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe
starlight1153 wrote:
I still sicker than a dog and have been almost during whole swap and sure don't want to try and put something new in my stomach and be ill for more days . Oh no, would not be a good thing.

Ella, I really didn't know that, might have missed it.
How is it been possible for you to host the piggy swap being so sick. I really feel very sorry for you. Please take a break. We can wait for our seeds. Lovey dubby Group hug
Dec 28, 2014 1:06 PM CST
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
I agree yes, definitely take the time to rest and recuperate and take care of yourself, Star.
Dec 28, 2014 1:20 PM CST
Name: kacee
southern california
I agree
Dec 28, 2014 1:27 PM CST
I agree You don't have to hurry on my account either, Star - I'd rather see you pace yourself and take time to rest and take care of yourself first.

Group hug
My religion is simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama
Dec 28, 2014 2:03 PM CST
Name: Erica Braun
Benicia, CA
Ella - So sorry to hear that you've been sick for so long. I'm amazed you have been able to keep up with all the piggy swap work. I agree with everyone else. You should take a break and get some rest.

I do love the idea of starting a thread about what people use for tea. Not too long ago, I tried to used some dried chia leaves and stems for tea. I was pleasantly surprised. Although I've used tea medicinally, I have almost no experience making tea strictly for pleasure. I'd definitely be interested in hearing what people make.
Dec 28, 2014 2:13 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Jonna... You didn't miss it on the threads. I just never posted it. Few other folks that were sick with it, I mentioned me too, but other than that haven't said a word that I can remember.

I I appreciate your concern, but no time to rest, way to much to do. Lots of seed yet to go through and all the other things I need to do. Sick or not, and I never been this sick nor for as long in I don't know when, piggy swap keeps moving. Course I moving a tad bit slower, but hopefully not too much. I'll rest when swap is done. That why I didn't load as much BF on my database this year, cuz was too hard for me to do so much with all the threads, chats and helper piggies and such, I was on overload. Easier for me to do the Wish Upon a Star and pull things as I see for folks Wish list.

Ya I came down with major..major case of flu... One neighbor feed me for 6 days or I probably wouldn't have eaten anything, could barely handle puter and piggies. Got so bad that I thought I may have to go to hospital, but shoot so many strand of flu running rampant down here that I would probably been even sicker. Thought I was over that and than few days later got caught in major cold, wind and rain and got soaked and chilled to the bone and back to sick with bronchitis. Yuk. Still trying to knock it out of the one lung. I think I already coughed up the other one. Rolling on the floor laughing Than thought was feeling better and darn if folks I saw for breakfast got sick there and one of the ended in hospital and so have caught a new strain of flu. Aggggggggg at this rate I should have natural inoculation from all of them. Whistling Hilarious!

But I am one of them folks that can't stay down too long cuz than sickness really grabs hold of me. I just keep plugging along and do what I gotta do. The real bummer, is when was too sick to even drink my coffee. Now that was almost worse than being ill. Whistling Hilarious!

Hopefully by time last boxes get here, I'll be my normal kicking self cuz that's when things get crazy on this end and all them one to one and bottom of barrel seeds get sorted and separated and that when I usually have to have you guys help me look up things I can't figure out or don't know.

which reminds me....

[b] A couple of things PIggies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll post here and on other thread too.

There were some folks who didn't send me a cmail with a list of three possible genus of seed they wanted. I don't know if you missed the posts or if you already good to go with the seed you oinked for, but this is your last chance to get me you list if you want some seed for it. I doing this before filling regular wish lists.

Second.... There were a couple of packets of seeds for folks that was on Rising's list, but when I went through seed and been through several times, I just didn't find them. Part my fault cuz I didn't fully go down all the list on packages and double check, so if ya missing a seed packet from Rising ya know why, so just skip over it and enjoy all the other stuff ya got. Wasn't but a couple of folks.

Third .... I just now getting ready to start first round of counts. For those who don't know what that is, I start counting ALL the packs of seed that you got. That includes Oinks and gifts and wishes from folks. I keep this as close to a fair and even sap as I can. Unless you were a piggy that had plenty of seed and just didn't oink for a bunch of stuff,, which there were a few, everybody else will more or less have the same amount of seed.

I go through and count up everything. Now if you went way over on oinks or gifts or whatever, to make it even if you sent in seed for one to one than I use those seeds to counter all your extra count of seed. Hope that makes sense for the new folks.

It's ok for folks to oink for less seed, but not to have say 30 oinks or gifts more than the other piggies just because folks had seed on your wish list , but on somebody else's. Or you were a piggy who cmailed folks for seed and got but never put it on the oinking thread. I just don't let say anybody have 200 hundred packets when other folks only have 100 , if ya get my drift.

So if you sent in one to ones and you don't have as many coming back as you sent, you'll know it cuz they got used to cover excess oinks. If you have any questions you can cmail me.

I usually pretty good and everybody getting back the same amount of seed within a packet or two for oinks that way ya all stay piggies and nobody is a hog.

Bottom of the barrel seeds do not count in the above mentioned , cuz that a free for all for those folks who have checked the box yes on their databases for it. I'll go back through one more time to double check those yes or no checks before I toss them seeds, so if ya want included ya better go mark it now.

If anybody has any questions, feel free to cmail me. For newbies, I promise I won't pin you to the wall... Rolling on the floor laughing The regulars know I say and do this every year.

Ok, I off to start first round of counts. Catch ya all later. Thumbs up

Dec 28, 2014 2:16 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Erica... Quickie here maybe if you got time, you can start a thread or anybody else about making teas in either the garden cooking forum.

Ok, now I outta here til later. Sending me some tissue this time. ~~~~ ~~~~~~ ~~~~~ Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Dec 28, 2014 3:46 PM CST
Name: Sandy B.
Michigan UP (Zone 4b or 5a)
Ella, hope you are feeling better soon! The last time I had the flu -- quite a few years ago now, thankfully, I was just getting over it and then came down with bronchitis and pinkeye... Sticking tongue out Sending you some virtual chicken soup! Group hug
"I am still learning"~~ Michelangelo
National Gardening Association
Dec 28, 2014 5:17 PM CST
Name: Lisa
Massachusetts zone 6
I am in agreement with the previous posters. Take a break from seeds! I'm sure every one of us have seeds to keep us busy until your better. Smiling
Dec 28, 2014 5:33 PM CST
Name: Misti
Fate, TX
yup Star, I have just recuperated from being sick over a month. Finally went to a doc, had sinusitis and Bronchial pneumonia. Blinking
Dec 28, 2014 5:57 PM CST
Name: Deborah
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a
Don't Sweat the Small Stuff!
I agree Ella. Lots of folks getting over sicknesses, including me getting over bad sinus infection and asthma attacks requiring treatments at the Dr's office and prednisone. So, we know what it feels like to be sick. Please take your time, rest, allow your body to heal and get well. We can wait. We can't risk having something happening to you, because you didn't take care of yourself on account of trying to get seeds to us. Seeds are replaceable, you aren't. Group hug
Dec 28, 2014 7:54 PM CST
Name: christine
get well soon Star!
Dec 28, 2014 10:15 PM CST
Name: Denise Warner
Bordentown, NJ
chelle wrote:Ella,

...... Here are a bunch of different types of infusers . I use the mesh tea ball now, but some of the others look really cool as well....

Some of those infusers look really cute. I especially like the rubber duckie one.

We used to sell the "Cliff the Climber" in our eBay store (not anymore...I'm not trying to sell anything here). It's on the first page of the link you provided. He's a mountain climber who climbs up the side of your mug. Here are some of the pictures we used for the eBay listing.Thumb of 2014-12-29/NisiNJ/c4e713
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Psalm 100 (look it up)
Dec 29, 2014 7:00 AM CST
Name: Judy
Simpsonville , SC
I found you! Did not know this thread was started, reading all these posts makes me want a cup of hot tea. My grown daughter got flu a couple days before christmas and got on tamuiflu right away, she was very lucky and as long as she kept up the tamiflu symptoms were gone. It only works if flu is caught early. But we had to avoid visiting my mother at nursing home.

Star, camellia sinensis is a plant I have wanted ever since someone wrote a bit about it on ATP. If your nearby campus has it lucky for you. It grows in my zone and makes lovely tea, the kind of tea like Lipton or red rose, not herbal like mint. Needs to be mail ordered and I may get it someday.

This year I got on the ball and harvested tons of mint, lemon balm, basil and oregano, hung to dry in garage. Then earlier this month I made a mess in the kitchen and crumbled it all up, packaged in canning jars and tins. Made my own reciple of mint/lemon balm tea to give to my sister when she visits later this week, as well as pakcets of oregano and basil; have some for her to give to other relatives up north as well. It's so nice to be able to share my garden and handmade gifts with family, especially ones I don't see often.

I did loose tea but if I have time this week I might try out making tea bags from coffee filters that i saw online Ina video. We have lots of coffee filters. One year my husband and I each bought large package of coffee filters and now we use a reusable plastic one so I'm looking for things to do with those filters. Because some folks would rather have teabag, less mess, and I'm sure my sister is one of those.

Did anyone use their garden for handmade gifts? I welcome more ideas.

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